Posts Tagged ‘Piracy

06
Mar
09

The Pirate Bay fights Terrorism MPAA Says.

A new report from the content industry surfaced a few days ago. TorrentFreak demolishes it. As per usual the study mixes the words piracy and courterfitting in an attempt to brand all infringers as terrorists and gang or mafia members. Applying this to other real world numbers is hilarious.

TPB recently reported that they every week are accessed by roughly 2 million unique(sv) Swedish IPs. Accounting for people that are all on the same IP, people that access the site from different IPs every time and all the people that doesn’t even use TPB the number of file sharers in Sweden still ballpark 2 million. Not bad for a country of only 9 million. 

But this means that Sweden has roughly 2 million terrorists/mafia members! 

During the trial a group of Swedish law sociologists published a report stating that 75% of Swedes between the age of 15 and 25 didn’t view the law as a legitimate reason to stop file sharing. 1(sv) 2(sv) 3(sv). Assuming that pretty much all of these are terrorists isn’t that far fetched…   

But if we stop mixing the words up for a minute we arrive at something even funnier. If big content is actually concerned about all these terrorist and criminals then online file sharing is everything they could have hoped for. Sites like The Pirate Bay drives the DVD pirates out of their market. You can’t sell DVDs like that in Sweden or on any market where there’s a decent broadband penetration. Steal This Film part 1 has some interviews with counterfeiters IIRC.

No matter how you look at it the claims are ridiculous.